Graduate Program in Public Health Courses

 

 

Course Descriptions

This list includes the graduate public health (832) courses offered at the Bloustein School as of September 1, 2013. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. For specific course syllabi, check the online course schedule or individual faculty pages.

 

34:832:501 Public Health Preparedness I (3)
Students learn about the unique characteristics of technological materials that have the potential to cause widespread harm to individuals and public health. Technical properties of each type of so-called weapons of mass destruction, as well as items that can be used for mass exposure or disruption, are discussed, and their mechanism and capacity to disrupt society and health are described.
Cross-listed with 10:832:401.

34:832:502 Public Health Preparedness II (3)
A one-semester course that teaches the theory and practice of public health emergency preparedness and response.
Cross-listed with 10:832:402.

34:832:503 Public Health Risk Communication (3)
This course examines the theory, core concepts, and practice of public health risk communication used in environmental communication, disaster management, and health promotion. The practical application of risk communication concepts will be emphasized through the use of case studies, small group practice, and a tabletop exercise.
Cross-listed with 10:832:403.

34:832:513 Health Disparities (3)
The overarching goal of this class is to provide a broad overview of health disparities in the United States, with a focus on the "trifecta" of inequality--race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position (SEP), and gender. Because social justice is a primary thrust of public health, it is crucial to understand both--which groups are at higher risk of developing acute and chronic conditions and which groups are more likely to have poor health outcomes. We will use a multipronged approach to explore the five key ways in which race-based health inequities are created and sustained, with a key focus on structural factors in the environment.
Cross-listed with 10:832:413 and 34:833:513.

34:832:514 Culture and Health (3)
Belief and value systems rooted in families are analyzed, along with perceptions and experiences of health/wellness and disease/illness. Focus on how selections are made between traditional health care practitioners and alternative healers.
Cross-listed with 10:832:414.

34:832:515 Health Economics for Planning and Public Policy (3)
Examines the special features of and demand for health care services, health insurance, and the behavior of providers. Economic justification for government in health care systems, including managed competition, managed care, and universal health insurance.

34:832:516 Women and Health (3)
Exploration of issues raised by women's health care needs and by women's participation in the health labor force, in the context of contemporary feminist thought.
Cross-listed with 10:832:415.

34:832:520 Epidemiology, Health Policy, and Planning (3)
This course will enable students to identify a number of important public health data sources as well as explain the main epidemiological study designs. Students will learn the usual steps in the investigation of an infectious disease outbreak and use critical skills in reading public health journals.

34:832:542 GIS Health and Planning (3)
The fundamental understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) will be taught with real-life research data. In addition to understanding GIS, students will learn how to integrate data into a GIS database, how to enhance data visualization, and how to perform small area analysis.

34:832:565 Humanitarian Assistance (3)
The course covers debates about military or humanitarian aid, aid or trade, development or emergency aid; complex humanitarian crises; and refugees and internally displaced persons.

34:832:577 Immigration Policy and Public Health (3)
Facts and controversies surrounding immigration. Legislative history, urban and public health impacts, and racial implications.

34:832:578 War and Public Health (3)
The effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment, and the results of diverting resources from health and human welfare to war and the military.

34:832:580 Emerging Infectious Diseases (3)
Consideration of the public health impacts of new and emerging infectious diseases in global populations.

34:832:600 Special Topics in Public Health  (3)




Last updated September 19, 2013.